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Eric Byrnes would love to play in San Francisco

Jan 17, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

3105.jpgEric Byrnes, who was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks last week, told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he would be interested in signing with his hometown Giants:

“It’s not a real secret (that) I’d definitely be interested,” Byrnes
said in a phone interview. “The Giants, of course, that’s the best fit
geographically.”

Byrnes, who turns 34 next month, grew up a Giants fan and still keeps
an offseason home in the area. He’d be available to sign anywhere at
the league minimum once he’s officially released by Arizona.

The Giants are set with Mark DeRosa and Aaron Rowand in left
and center, respectively, and it looks like Nate
Schierholtz will finally be provided a chance for a regular gig in right. At least Byrnes is amenable to being a complimentary piece, telling Shea “I’m not in a position to say
I’m an everyday player.”

Byrnes batted .226/.270/.390 with eight home runs, 31 RBI and nine stolen bases in 239 at-bats with the Diamondbacks last season, but missed more than two months with a fractured left hand.
  

  1. RobRob - Jan 17, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    I’m not here to talk about the past, but Arizona is flushing $11,666,666 down the toilet with this move (And yes, I understand the concept of sunk cost).
    Here was the contemporary rationale when he signed:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2964624

  2. APBA Guy - Jan 17, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Given the Giants complete absence of offense other than Sandoval, it would be no surprise if they did sign him.

  3. p - Jan 17, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Byrnes would be a great addition for any team. I’m hoping Omar Minaya gets some sense and extends a good offer. Byrnes would rock NYC as a person with his charm and style and in the clubhouse as a leader, motivator and one who sets good examples.

  4. jjj ttt - Jan 17, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    I think that it would be a good idea if the Giants could get him to accept a 2-year $700,000 contract.

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